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Scholarship Campaign Strives To Make Goal

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LAFAYETTE, La. - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Campaign for Scholarships has reached its goal of raising $4.5 million – and two years ahead of schedule.

But the university isn't closing the ledger book yet.

It will set the bar higher because students' needs for financial assistance are so great, said UL Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie.

The new target is $6.5 million, and the university is aiming to raise the funds before the original campaign deadline of December 2014.

Savoie said the university is invigorated by the fund drive's early success.

"The fact that the campaign goal was reached so far ahead of our campaign deadline is a testament to the belief in our students and educational programs by so many alumni and supporters. We are very grateful to donors who recognize the importance of helping students in their journey to earn a college degree," he also said.

The Campaign for Scholarships is UL Lafayette's first campaign devoted solely to raising money for scholarships.

"Since the campaign began in July 2009 many new donors have established scholarships. Some scholarships that existed at the start of the campaign have been increased. Donors who have supported this scholarship campaign are playing a critical role in helping to position UL Lafayette as a leading university in the preparation of men and women who will be lifelong contributors to their professions and communities," Savoie said.

UL Lafayette's Office of Development launched the public phase of the fund drive in April 2011. It also announced that author Rebecca Wells, best known for her book Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, would be its honorary chair.

David P. Comeaux, interim director of Development at UL Lafayette, said the campaign is focused on funding endowed scholarships but all contributions will help reach the $6.5 million goal. Endowed scholarships are investments managed by the UL Lafayette Foundation.

For more information, call 337-482-0922 or email gift@louisiana.edu.

 

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